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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,    ETC.                223

he was obliged to hurry back to Paris, not to be
out of reach of his doctor,

Paris, with all its faults, must have wonderful
attractions, for I am pestered by correspondents,
such as Madame Martinville, Chevalier Jerning-
ham, &c., who are dying to come in. I am sure
I cannot tell what they expect to find, and I
advise them to wait patiently until there is a
peace.

If I am here when the season serves (which
I dare say I shall be, for any negotiation by Lord
Malmesbury seems to me a farce), I will take care
to send you the pomponne roses.

What an event, your plants of lady's-slipper
blowing! I had long given them all up. Apropos,
at the Pressoir, the other day, I found the most
beautiful bee-orchis I ever saw. I meant to have
painted and sent it to you, but an old hag of
an abbesse defroquie took it to look at and broke
it all to pieces.

July ixthf 1797.

You that know the people here so well (and
they are not much altered) will not be surprised,
but I am sure, highly diverted, with the escapade